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Rfd

by Charles Allen Smart

  • ISBN: 9780821412541
  • ISBN10: 082141254X

Rfd

by Charles Allen Smart

  • List Price: $19.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780821412541
  • ISBN10: 082141254X
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Description: "This book", the author tells us in his preface, "is intended to be a picture of life on a farm in Southern Ohio in the 1930's". It more than fulfills its intention. It is a faithful portrait of farm life as thousands of men and women experienced it from one end of the country to the other and from pioneering times to the present century.

Originally published in 1938 to enthusiastic reviews and commercial success, RFD is the story of one couple's trials with leaving the comforts of city life for a chance to get back to the land, in a very real sense.

From his inherited farm near Chillicothe, Ohio, Charles Allen Smart gives a realistic rendering of what it meant to farm -- even if by choice -- in the 1930s. It is part of the book's intrinsic honesty that it could not be as good as Walden. Thoreau had worked out a philosophy that suited him and that he was ready to recommend to others. Mr. Smart had no prescription for the general ailments, beyond a belief that creating things is important and that owning, buying, and selling things are unimportant. He does not aim to present a picture of an isolated contentment. He makes it clear that even the "good life" on an Ohio farm is not perfect.

What he tells us throughout this unusual book is that for him life on this particular farm, in this particular house, with this particular set-up of friends, neighbors, dogs, sheep, hens, cattle, trees, corn, vegetables, grass, and weather, costs less in human values than life in New York City -- or in Chillicothe.

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